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The Sun Over Breda (Adventures of Captain Alatriste #3)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  2,102 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Acclaimed author Arturo Perez-Reverte's internationally bestselling series, the saga of the swordsman-for-hire Captain Alatriste, continues in "The Sun Over Breda." Fifteen-year-old Inigo Balboa enlists to serve as his master's aide, and narrates their further adventures of swordplay and skirmishes, mutiny and wartime honor, as Captain Alatriste rejoins his Cartagena regim ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Plume Books (first published 1998)
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Michel
By coincidence, I read this book in December in Belgium, of which Brel said: "With a sky so gray a canal got lost, with a sky so low a canal got hanged, with the damp westerlies, listen to her hanging in there, this flat country which is mine."
I knew the story of the Flanders campaigns, the siege of Oostende and the sack of Antwerpen, from the point of view of Tÿl Uilenspiegel and Lamme Goedzak — Pérez-Reverte shows it from the other side of the harquebus, as told by the Vascon 'mochilero' Íñigo
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Algernon
My favorite so far in the Captain Alatriste series. And a serious competition to Bernard Cornwell in his field of expertise of historical novels with great battle descriptions.

The first two books in the Alatriste epic were set in Madrid at the beginning of 17 century, and were a mix of swashbuckling and cultural (literature, poetry, dramaturgy) references. The Sun Over Breda discards most of the "artist cafe" distractions in order to focus on the military campaign of Spain and its Catholic allie
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Jane
I am reading this in Spanish, "El sol de Breda," the second volume in the Capitan Alatriste series by Perez-Reverte. The historical backdrop is the invasion of the town of Breda in the Netherlands, owned by Spain, whose surrender to Spinola is depicted in "La rendicion de Breda" by Diego Velazquez in the Prado Museum. Perez-Reverte refers to paintings frequently in his novels; in the first volume, the young hero, Inigo Balboa, falls in love with the princess depicted in "Las Meninas." Readers fa ...more
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
This was the book I was dying to read. After all, I came to Perez-Reverte's "Alatriste" series via the film, "The Spanish Musketeer" and, whilst I enjoyed the film as a whole, it was the battle scenes that were a revelation to me. So, "The Sun over Breda"!
Well, I found it strange at first. The story is narrated, once again, by "young" Inigo Balboa but, whilst the two previous sets of recollections were relaxed conversations over a few glasses of wine in the heat of the afternoon, this one seemed
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Old-Barbarossa
Unlike the previous 2 in that this is about the horrors of 17th cent warfare rather than aristos jockeying for position and duels.
More blatant in its's presentation as a "found manuscript", with editorial comment at the end. The usual sprinkling of faux 17th cent poetry, and literary name dropping (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra and Lope de Vega more often than anyone else).
Slightly rambling in places yet hinting frustratingly at Alatriste's past when I wanted whole books on the subject.
Nasty and
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Dan
"He who kills from afar knows nothing at all about the act of killing. He who kills from afar derives no lesson from life or from death; he neither risks nor stains his hands with blood, nor hears the breathing of his adversary, nor reads the fear, courage, or indifference in his eyes. He who kills from afar tests neither his arm, his heart, or his conscience, nor does he create ghosts that will later haunt him every single night for the rest of his life. He who kills from afar is a knave who co ...more
Tim
I'm not as fond of the Captain Alatriste novels as I am of Perez-Reverte's other work. In fact, as I was reading this one, I was telling myself that I'd just skip the next one. Then I got to the ending, and the magnificent epilogue, which put it all in perspective.

I love Perez-Reverte's erudition, the way he makes the past relevant. I enjoy his melancholy too, because he wraps it in tradition, and makes it seem not aberration, but a kind of strong national character.

I can't say more about this b
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Evan
Not my favorite of the series, although it takes greater advantage than the others of the author's background as a war correspondent. No, the plot is decidedly less suspenseful in this one. All the excitement is contained within battle scenes (the entire plot is set amidst the Spanish tercios in a 1625 campaign against the Dutch) that don't build towards any meaningful climax. Rather than the highly personal "capa y espada" brawls that drive the first two novels, the battles here contribute to a ...more
Giovaennchen Lozano
Dentro de la serie " Las Aventuras del Capitán Alatriste " encontramos la tercera de la serie, la cual trata sobre las penurias de la guerra de insurrección de Breda, y la batalla que Diego de Velázques inmortalizará en un cuadro muy famoso. Ahora, Íñigo Balboa, el fiel acompañante del Capitán Alatriste, no es más un chiquillo, ya es mayor y se alcanza a percatar de los horrores de la guerra. Gracias a Pérez-Reverte, somos capaces de conocer el otro lado de esas batallas tan hermosamente pintada ...more
Gleb
This is a good book, which tells about day-to-day life of a soldier. It shows all the specter of their life like: cooking, women, holding defense, conflicts with commend and other. It’s interesting, because mostly we read about wars like historical facts, which look like statistics rather than reality, and this book is showing a life of soldier who is a patriot even though he doesn’t understand what is he doing so far from home and why is he killing other people.
Like in the previous books autho
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Walt
I can only describe the book as strange. Not having read the previous books in the series, it is difficult to elaborate. The hero, Captain Alatriste, rarely speaks or communicates. The story belongs to Inigo Balboa, a boy "studying" to be a soldier and who runs errands for Alatriste. The boy's writing is interesting; but makes many references to past stories and future stories that distract from the actual current novel.

The description of a soldier's life during the Dutch Revolt is fascinating.
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Tiz. T.
I didn't like it. Which is rather obvious, since the rating is what it is.

The reason2 I didn't like it:

1. It could be dubbed "Memories of a lansquenets written by himself" (I am Italian, and who hadn't read in my country "The Betrothed" of Manzoni?). Now, I understand that it is an historical novel. I understand that things were like that. I understand that so was war in 1600s Europe. Fine.
I am not obliged to like it anyway.

2. The more I read this books, the more disquieted I became. The story
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Andreasoldier
Feb 24, 2014 Andreasoldier rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: John K.
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Inigo tells the story of Capt. Alatriste's return to his military company in Breda, a tale of Spain's war on Protestantism in the Netherlands.
Inigo, 14, acts as aide to Alatriste and its through his eyes that we see his sword-carrying master and the war is he is fighting in.
There is no glamor here; Inigo and his young cohorts search the countryside for food, sometimes stealing, while the soldiers they serve battle against the odds in the muddy, swampy dykes of Breda.
There is mutiny, and honor, a
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Miguel
I was already very fond of Captain Alatriste and Purity of Blood before reading this book, and at first, was surprised by how different this book felt. It is very different, both in subject and in tone, than the prior two novels, but that is not necessarily bad. This book isn't really about the swashbuckling, larger-than-life hero of Alatriste, but more about how even larger-than-life heroes can be swallowed by engines of society (in this case, being a war) and made to play their role.
Ensiform
In this, third installment of the Captain Alatriste series, the Spanish are in Flanders. It opens with the taking and looting of Oudkerk, leads to a potential mutiny, and ends with a bloody battle at the siege of Breda. It sounds like a soldier’s chronicle, and that’s just what it is.

I was disappointed with this novel. Gone is the swashbuckling element from the first book (and to a lesser degree the second). There’s very little personal element and no character development, just ruminations on S
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Roger
I started this book with slight reservations. The previous book in this series, "Purity of Blood", did not exactly "knock my socks off". But I decided to give this third book in the series a chance based upon the high regard I hold for the author, Arturo Perez-Reverte.

I keep hoping for another "El Club Dumas" and I keep getting disappointed. Don't get me wrong...this book was a pleasant read. However, it did not quite deliver what was promised on the inner flap of the hard back cover..."a glori
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Jennifer Busick
The third installment of Perez-Reverte's series chronicling the life of Spanish swordsman Diego Alatriste, through the eyes of his young ward, Inigo Balboa, takes Alatriste and Inigo to Flanders and the siege of Breda. There's plenty here to like -- fencing, fighting, revenge, all of that good stuff -- lyrically rendered, as always, by Perez-Reverte.

Inigo is fifteen now, and as he grows up, his perspective changes, too; Perez-Reverte does a wonderful job with this aspect of the story, rendering
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Gregory
From http://weeksnotice.blogspot.com/2011/...

In 1625 the Dutch city of Breda surrendered to Spanish forces after a 10 month siege. Ten years later Diego Velázquez painted The Surrender of Breda. Arturo Pérez-Reverte's The Sun Over Breda is part of the Captain Alatriste series and is an account of the siege. In typical fashion, famous Spanish figures make an entrance, as the narrator, young Iñigo Balboa, relates how he talked to Velázquez while he was painting it, and early in the novel also help
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Ernesto
The third installment in Pérez-Reverte “Captain Alatriste” series of short novels is so far the best IMHO. Unlike previous episodes this one is not set in Spain but in the damp, war-ravaged Flanders countryside surrounding the fortified city of Breda, under siege by Spanish and allied forces. Iñigo Balboa, the narrator is now fifteen year old has his first taste of love and war. We follow him and his master as they engage in sneaky covert operations to take towns or destroy enemy works with mini ...more
Rosie
Como no puedo dejar una saga sin terminar, las Aventuras del Capitán Alatriste son mi nuevo pasatiempo. Lo último que pensaba leer en mi vida, era ficción histórica y acá me ven, leyendo historias de la España del siglo XVII, las guerras por la religión y la época de los reyes católicos.
Los primeros dos libros (Las Aventuras del Capitán Alatriste y Limpieza de Sangre)me hicieron sumergir en ese mundo -que realmente existió- de otra forma, me perdí en sus hojas desde que lo comencé, pero con este
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James Titterton
Perez-Reverte started the 'Captain Alatriste' series to help teach his daughter about the Golden Age of Spain. These academic roots are painfully clear in 'The Sun Over Breda', the third volume in the series.

Alatriste and Inigo are transported out of Madrid, the setting for the previous books, and tr north to serve in the army besieging the Dutch city of Breda. The major problem with the novel is that there isn't a central plot motivating the two characters beyond 'survive the siege of Breda'.
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Maria
Tercera entrega de Las aventuras del capitán Alatriste, El sol de Breda escenifica las batallas y el asedio de la ciudad de Breda en 1625 por los Tercios españoles en Flandes. El joven vasco Íñigo de Balboa es el narrador, como siempre, pero ahora adquiere en este relato un papel más protagonista: es mochilero del tercio viejo de Cartagena, donde sirve de ayudante a su amo el capitán Alatriste, y empuña por primera vez las armas en el combate. Íñigo será, en esta aventura, testigo del sometimien ...more
Roy Conboy
This is one of my favorite authors, and I find this Captain Alatriste series to be very fascinating, particularly because of the way that Perez-Reverte immerses the reader in details and daily circumstances. This book is mainly concerned with the fighting of the soldiers at the battles between Spain and the Catholics against the Calvinistic Dutch and English in Flanders that culminated in the siege of Breda. This isn't about the grand scheme of things, but the down and dirty details of the fight ...more
Mike
Another solid offering from Perez-Reverte. This is the third in the series about Captain Alatriste. This book tells the story of the battle at Breda, and it is very simple in its telling. There is no real drama, and we know the outcome for the main characters and the Spanish. What makes the story interesting is to read about the soldiers and Spanish army of the time. How they dressed, how they talked, how they placed a high importance on honor, and all the things that go along with the history o ...more
Iowa City Public Library
This isn’t a recommendation. After three volumes, I’m giving up on Aruturo Perez Reverte’s historical series about a soldier in Spain’s golden age. Too much rhapsodizing about how stoical he was, how indomitable, how feared Spain’s army was in the seventeenth century. You should hear the narrator go on and on about Captain Alatriste‘s mustache. The glory in killing protestants for the greater glory of the Spanish throne wears after a time.

I’ve stuck with the series this long because Perez Revert
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Philippe Malzieu
It's the third adventure oh the capitain Alatriste. Perez-Reverte joins again with the adventure novel . The influence of Dumas and the novelists of the XIX° is manifest. It is the 3° volume of a saga which counts 7 of them.
I had read all of them until the last with the Alatrist's dead at Rocroy battle.
Richard Harden
In a summer of "easy reading," this book stands out as anything but.

While the Capitán Alatriste novels are perhaps a bit less intellectual than Perez-Reverte's other works, they still invite the reader to interact with them on a much higher intellectual plane than the average novel.

While the work, as all of Perez-Reverte's works, is enjoyable without possessing a background knowledge of history, of Spain's wars in the Netherlands, or of Velázquez's masterpiece "The Surrender of Breda," the work
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Althea Ann
This is the third in Perez-Reverte's 'Captain Alatriste' series, however, I felt that the author was inspired to write this book mostly out of a desire to write a book about the Siege of Breda and Velasquez' painting 'The Surrender of Breda', not because the events forward the ongoing story of Diego Alatriste and his squire (the narrator) Inigo. It almost seems random that these two characters are here, at these battles - they could almost be any two characters. (We don't get any more progress i ...more
Lady Entropy

Em comparação com os outros livros da série, El Sol de Breda, terceiro livro da série do Capitão Alatriste, é bom. Não tão "swashbuckling" como os dois livros anteriores, mas mesmo assim muito muito bem escrito, o narrador tem uma voz muito interessante e agradável, e pinta um quadro muito realista da guerra de espanha na flandres. Acho que é isso que faz falta a Portugal: um autor que consiga pegar em épocas históricas e escrever livros instrutivos E interessantes. A pesquisa e informação dada
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Christophe
La guerre des Flandres fut une abominable boucherie. Le capitaine Diego Alatriste y était, bien sûr, entraînant dans l'horreur Iñigo Balboa, son jeune et fidèle page, pour une terrible initiation. Le célèbre et magnifique tableau de Velasquez La Reddition de Breda ne dit pas tout... Il n'évoque ni l'interminable longueur du siège, ni la mise à sac d'Oudkerk, ni les mutineries, ni la folie des hommes de guerre et de leurs gouvernants... Balboa, lui, raconte tout ce qu'il a vécu.
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“He who kills from afar knows nothing at all about act of killing. He who kills from afar derives no lesson from life or from death; he neither risks nor stains his hands with blood, nor hears the breathing of his adversary, nor reads the fear, courage, or indifference in his eyes. He who kills from afar tests neither his arm, his heart, nor his conscience, nor does he create ghosts that will later haunt him every single night for the rest of his life. He who kills from afar is a knave who commends to others the dirty and terrible task that is his own.” 2 likes
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